Archive | May 2014

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Two Weddings and a Baby – Scarlett Bailey – For NetGalley

UPDATE : Finished ‘Two Weddings and a Baby’ on 02/06/14.

Loved this Book ! I will post the Review closer to the Publishing Date 🙂

Thirteen Weddings – Paige Toon

Sometimes you have to step out of the light to see clearly again ..

Bronte never expected to see Alex again after their one night together, but she has never stopped thinking of him. So when she arrives at work one day to find Alex is her new work colleague, she is secretly thrilled. The only problem is that Alex is now engaged to the girl he was on a break from the night they met.

Determined to move on, Bronte becomes a part-time wedding photographer, alongside her day job. Surrounded by loving couples, tearful bridesmaids, mischievous pageboys and interfering mothers-in-law, she struggles through wedding after wedding whilst her heart is slowly torn apart.

As Alex’s own wedding day draws ever nearer, their chemistry becomes harder to ignore. Bronte must decide whether to fight for the man she loves, or to let him go forever.

 

What I Think :

Bronte lives in Australia, but comes to the UK for her friend Polly’s wedding. Whilst she’s out on the hen night at a nightclub, she meets Alex.They have a one night thing and Bronte goes back to Australia. A year and a half later Bronte is back and has a new job. she’s only been there a couple of weeks when she discovers that Alex works there too ! There is one problem though he’s now engaged to his girlfriend who he had split from a year and a half ago.

I have always been a real fan of Paige’s books and look forward with huge excitement to the next one, and this one is no exception. There is always just the right amount of real life and comical moments. She brings to life such wonderful characters and also brought back some of her previous ones, which is like seeing old friends again.

I really enjoyed this book and I spent a bank holiday weekend reading it non-stop !

And it has a beautiful cover too !

10/10

Published on 22 May 2014 by Simon and Schuster

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Before You Die – Samantha Hayes

Oh God, Please don’t let me die.

It has taken nearly two years for the Warwickshire Village of Radcote to put a spate of teenage suicides behind it.

Then a young man is killed in a freak motorbike accident, and a suicide note is found among his belongings. A second homeless boy takes his own life, this time on the railway tracks.

Is History about to repeat itself ?

DI Lorraine Fisher has just arrived for a relaxing summer break with her sister. Soon she finds herself caught up in the resulting police enquiry. And when her nephew disappears she knows she must act quickly.

Are the recent deaths suicide – or murder ?

And is the nightmare beginning again ?

What I think :

I really enjoyed Samantha’s previous novel ‘Until You’re Mine’ so i was really looking forward to this one. And I’m glad to say that I wasn’t disappointed.

It was really good to have DI Lorraine Fisher and husband Adam back in this gritty new novel. She comes to the village with her youngest daughter Stella to visit her sister Jo. Almost straight away things start to happen, Some of it involving her nephew Freddie, Who has an awful secret.

Quite a few Subjects are covered in this novel : Suicide, Self harm, Bullying and Mental Health. It also has some quite gruesome, spine-chilling moments. Along with a few red herrings thrown in along the way to confuse you. Although there were a few things that I did work out quite early on.

The characters were very well written and some of them quite complex. I particularly liked the way they were interwoven in one way or another.

With excellent Prologue and epilogues to start and finish it off, its well worth a read.

10/10

Published 24 April 2014

Thank you to the Publishers Century and to NetGalley for the Digital copy to read and review.

 

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One Night in Italy – Lucy Diamond

Anne – She doesn’t really know who she is.

she’s just bumbling along, A bit bored with her job,

She has a really awful boyfriend.

She’s never known her dad, but her Nan lets slip he’s Italian.

 

Catherine – Housewife, she feels a bit lost because her twins, Matthew and Emily are off to Uni.

She arrives home one day to find her husband in bed with another woman !

Fortunately she has a lovely best friend.

 

Sophie – She’s a bit of a free spirit, Been living and working in a cafe in Italy

She has to return home because her dad has a heart attack. That could prove a bit difficult as she hasn’t spoken to either of her parents for years.

All three meet at an evening Italian class where Sophie is the teacher, as their lives intertwine it tells of their trials and tribulations in life.

 

What I Think :

I really enjoyed this book.

A very good beach read, its frothy and funny and a very easy read.

I thought the characters were well-formed and quite believable.

Although I really felt for a couple of the characters, as I’m sure we’ve all been there at some point in our lives.

This is the first of Lucy’s books that I’ve read, But I’m sure it wont be the last.

 

Thankyou to the Publishers Pan Macmillan and NetGalley for the digital copy to read and review.

 

Published on 5 June 2014

 

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The Separation – Dinah Jefferies

1953, the eve of the Cartwrights’ departure from Malaya. Eleven year old Emma can’t understand why they are leaving without her mother, and why her father is refusing to answer any of her questions.

Lydia arrives home to a empty house – there’s no sign of her husband Alec or her daughters Emma and Fleur. Panic stricken, she embarks on a dangerous journey through the hot and civil-war torn Malayan jungle – one that only the power of a mothers love can help her survive.

What i think : 

The author weaves a story that had me in drawn in right from the start.

The descriptions of the make you feel as if you are right there sweating it out in the middle of the Malayan Jungle.

The story is told by Lydia, the mother and Emma the eldest daughter.

Emma’s story is quite sad. She doesn’t get on well with her father and is shipped off to boarding school quite early on.

she has quite a few awful things happen to her, but never gives up hope of one day seeing her mother again.

Lydia’s story is quite harrowing in places and sometimes its hard to read.

All the time I was reading i really felt for her, and I found myself urging her on. although having said that I did feel she was a strong person, she deals with so much but still comes out the other side.

Excellent characters and a ending that made me cry.

A wonderful first novel.

Published on 22 May 2014

Thank you to Penguin for the copy of the book in return for a honest review.

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Ghostwritten – Isabel Wolff

Jenni is a ghost : She writes the lives of other people. Its a job that suits her well.

Still haunted by a childhood tragedy, she finds it easier to take refuge in the memories of others rather than dwell on her own.

Jenni has an exciting new commission, and is delighted to start working on the memoirs of Klara. As a child in the second world war, Klara was interned in a camp on Java during the Japanese occupation – She has an extraordinary story to tell.

But as Jenni and Klara get to know each other, Jenni begins to do much more than shed light on a neglected part of history. She is being forced to examine her own devastating memories. But with Klara’s help perhaps she can finally lay her own ghost to rest

 

What I Think :

This is a wonderfully written book. very well researched.

I really enjoyed reading it. Although i did have to stop reading quite a few times as it made me cry !

I couldnt stop thinking about this book long after i stopped reading it.

It made me feel grateful that hopefully our generation will never have to go through anything like it.

10/10

Published on 27 March 2014

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